Playoff-bound Bullpups stop Jr. Maroons dead in their tracks
Rhayyan Amsali played limited minutes, but still posted a double-double in NU's all-out domination of UPIS
After Ateneo de Manila High School, it has been Nazareth School of National University and, surprisingly, University of the Philippines Integrated School, which have been the hottest teams in the second round of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
When the two teams faced off, however, the Bullpups left no doubt as to who’s on fire.
Winderlich Coyoca turned in his best game of the season and powerhouse NU sent the Junior Maroons crashing back to earth with a 91-60 romp on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Coyoca scored a season-best 16 points and was backstopped by Terrence Fortea and King Vinoya who had 12 points apiece for the Bullpups who never trailed and led by as much as 37 in the third quarter.
Those three did their damage off the bench and in all, the NU reserves poured in 56 points to almost match the output of State U.
Even with the all-out domination, Rhayyan Amsali was still able to post an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double in just 22 minutes.
All of those did nothing but overwhelm UPIS which was coming into the contest with back-to-back shock wins over University of Sto. Tomas and De La Salle Zobel.
There wasn’t going to be an upset in this one, though, as the Bullpups took charge from the get-go and retained control all the way to their ninth win in 11 games.
Now riding a four-game winning streak, they are assured of a spot in the playoffs and need just one more win to assure themselves of twice-to-beat advantage.
Meanwhile, the Tiger Cubs put a stop to their three-game slide by downing University of the East, 88-76.
CJ Cansino was at the forefront of the bounce back win with 19 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and two steals while big men Cyril Narvasa and Birmarck Lina merged for 31 markers and 24 boards.
UST had dropped three straight games to Ateneo de Manila High School, UP, and NU before getting able to get back on track now at 6-5.
They remain tied with defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman for the third and fourth spots and still have 5-6 Adamson High School breathing down their necks.
For the Junior Warriors, Shane Dichoso was a pleasant surprise with 26 points built on five triples. They only have one win to show after 11 games.
NU 91 – Coyoca 16, Fortea 12, Vinoya 12, Amsali 11, Javilonar 7, Manalang 6, Minerva 6, Oczon 5, Felicida 4, Dayrit 4, Malonzo 3, Pangilinan 3, Gonzales 2, Pradella 0
UPIS 60 – Santiago 19, Tupaz 10, Gregorio 9, Labao Ral 7, Vergeire 7, Labao Raf 6, Estrera 2, Villa-real 0, Lopez 0, Gomez de Liano 0, Dimaculangan 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 47-26, 69-43, 91-60
UST 88 – Cansino 19, Narvasa 17, Lina 14, Villapando 11, Benzonan 8, Anunciacion 8, Baquial 7, Esplana 4, Manabat 0, Relicio 0, Co 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0
UE 76 – Dichoso 26, Miranda 18, Tajonera 9, Angeles 8, Dulalia 6, Lopez 4, Almacen 3, Vinte 2, Villarta 0, Policarpio 0, Santos 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-21, 43-39, 70-57, 88-76
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